16 January 2014

Earl Wilson's Vintage Gossip Bites: The Great Granny

Excerpts from syndicated gossip columnist, Earl Wilson's 1970s items about Marlene. (Also see his earlier Broadway Bytes!)

  • Marlene Dietrich was enthusiastic about Katharine Hepburn's performance in Coco. "She's lengthening the career of all us ingenues,"  Marlene laughed... (11 March 1970)

  • Marlene Dietrich now anticipates becoming a great-grandmother... (3 August 1970)

  • Marlene Dietrich, opening at the Playboy Plaza Hotel in Miami Beach, noticed the young people in the audience and cracked, "I wish I'd memorized a medley from Hair". (22 February 1971)

  • Marlene Dietrich's slenderizing lunch at Inn of the Clock: Asparagus in vinegar, plus a vitamin pill. (21 March 1971)

  • Marlene Dietrich is reported receptive of offers to do TV commercials. Agent Ken Greengrass says everybody wants her. (5 June 1972)

  • Marlene Dietrich and the Richard Burtons are angeling Alexander Cohen's Broadway play 6 Rms Riv Vu... (16 August 1972)

  • Marlene Dietrich and Rudolf Sieber will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary May 13 (that's 50, honey). (17 April 1974)

  • Marlene Dietrich goes into court in England this month in the big legal entanglement with producer Alexander H. Cohen over their TV special. Cohen asks big damages from the glamorous grandmother over things she allegedly said. If Marlene arrives in court looking ill from a recent fall, it could be a scene from Camille and a field day for the press. (2 April 1976)

  • Marlene Dietrich's doctor said she's ill and she got a postponement in the lawsuit brought by producer Alexander H. Cohen in London against remarks attributed to her about her TV show he produced. (26 April 1976)

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